Mining, Energy and Minerals Ministers agreed today to establish a taskforce to better identify any issues and concerns about procedural aspects of the Native Title Act and its associated administration for mineral and petroleum industries.
The taskforce will gather information on the practical experience of the States and Territories in implementing native title legislation, will analyse this information and report to ANZMEC on the operational implications for mining administration processes.
This co-operative initiative by ANZMEC will provide an information base which should be an important input to Government consideration of native title issues.
ANZMEC, which is made up of Ministers for Mines, Energy and Minerals from all Australian States, Territories, the Commonwealth and New Zealand made the agreement at a meeting in Perth today.
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